Post-Brexit migration plans would deepen social care pressures, say government advisers
Brexit will inevitably have some unintended consequences and one is likely to be a shortage of workers or a further increase in care costs – at a time when funding is not matching demand.
Fears of even greater staffing pressure on social care have been aired after the latest report from the independent Migration Advisory Committee. But it is pay not the policy which is to blame say officials.
In a report for the government looking at how to implement ministers’ ambitions for a points-based immigration system to replace free movement from the European Economic Area, the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) admitted its proposals would hit social care, but added that the sector’s problems were rooted in low pay, not immigration policy.
The committee which is commenting on a post Brexit points based immigration system believes the impact could be to shrink the social care workforce.
“We remain of the view that the very real problems in this sector are caused by a failure to offer competitive terms and conditions, something that is itself caused by a failure to have a sustainable funding model,” the report said.
It is currently estimated that one in six staff working in adult social care in England have a non British nationality. Within the care sector there are already more than 10,000 vacancies.
Many within the home care industry believe that the reports signposts the need for greater flexibility when it comes to care workers. This could be achieved by the government placing frontline care workers on a shortage occupation list within the soon to be designed system.
For full details of the report go to https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/migration-advisory-committe